The staunch low-level evaluation of Ryan Fitzpatrick by Mike Maccagnan has raised some eyebrows, some skepticism, and even some fans ready to dust off the ol’ number 7 Geno Smith jersey. Are the Jets really ready to dig their heels in long term? I’ll explore some reasons why the Jets are wise to hold their stance, but also why some popularly mooted alternatives may not provide a comparable option in 2016…
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Daniel Aitken on all the available courses of action the New York Jets can take with Muhammad Wilkerson and which one would be the most logical
Whether or not to trade Muhammad Wilkerson following receiving the franchise tag is a point of major contention among New York Jets fans. I highlighted the arguments of both sides in my Five Difficult Decisions piece last month, but here I’ll try to provide a better visualization of the Jets offseason options depending on moves. I’ll look at three scenarios: trying to keep both Wilkerson and Harrison, keeping just Wilkerson, and trading Wilkerson but keeping Harrison.
Note: All salary cap information that follows is courtesy of www.overthecap.com
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David Aitken examines if the New York Jets should take a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft
The final section of Five Difficult Decisions focuses specifically on the draft, and what could end up being Mike Maccagnan’s most important decision as Jets GM. The 10-6 finish will push fans to expect immediate impact players in the draft, but the team still has no long-term answer at quarterback. Is this the year the Jets find their franchise signal caller?
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David Aitken with a post Senior Bowl first round mock draft
Here’s my first crack at every draft nerd’s favorite pastime, inspired heavily by Connor Rogers’ latest big board. A first round mock after the dust has settled from both the Senior and Super Bowl…
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David Aitken on the decisions the New York Jets are facing at the running back position this off-season
The fourth edition of Five Difficult Decisions looks at the running backs, a position group that may look drastically different to last year. With resources likely to be focused elsewhere, New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan may have to get creative.
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David Aitken looks at how the New York Jets could handle Muhammad Wilkerson’s contract situation this off-season
The third edition of Five Difficult Decisions looks at the most polarizing question of all – should the New York Jets trade Muhammad Wilkerson? The answer may be a little more complicated than simply keeping the team’s best player…
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David Aitken on how the New York Jets should handle D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s contract this off-season…
The second part of the Five Difficult Decisions series looks at one of the most reliable Jets of the past decade. Struggling the most he has since his rookie season, what should the Jets do with D’Brickashaw Ferguson and his enormous cap number?
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David Aitken on the top five decisions the New York Jets have to make this off-season, starting with how to handle free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
Mike Maccagnan’s rookie season as New York Jets general manager was such a slam dunk we should be calling him Macgenius. No general manager in 2015 was able to navigate free agency, the trade market and the draft to come away with a better crop of players and it led to a win improvement margin bested only by the Carolina Panthers and the Jets’ first winning season since 2010. Of course, he was left an incredibly healthy cap situation by his predecessor and a roster so barren of talent he had little to worry about in terms of re-signings. The 2016 offseason offers a new set of challenges: less cap space, players to retain, and more needs to fill. Here is the first of a series of five difficult decisions that await the Jets this offseason, and the arguments for both.
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David Aitken reviews New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles first year on the job
A 10-6 record and six win improvement from the prior season. Franchise record breaking acquisitions. A painfully blown opportunity for a hot entrance into playoff football. Reflecting on this past season, determining whether to categorize Todd Bowles’ first season as a success or failure can be a hard and frankly arbitrary question to answer. Is it a success based on the massive improvement, or a failure based on the lack of playoffs? Fortunately, I am not going to bother to answer that question. Instead, I’ll look at what Bowles has done and answer the most important question – has he shown he has what it takes to lead the New York Jets forward?
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David Aitken breaks down the New York Jets week 17 opponent, the Buffalo Bills
With a win-and-in scenario in front of the Jets in Week 17, the only thing standing in the team’s way is former coach Rex Ryan and his Bills team that already beat the Jets earlier this year. For the Bills it has been a tough season of nearly’s, almost’s, soaring highs and crushing lows that are all too familiar. Below I’ll look at Buffalo’s main talking points including their role as spoiler, the good and the bad of Ryan’s first season impact, and what might be his last chance to get it right as a head coach next season.
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